Jordan on Jordan: An Intimate Q&A with Rozwell Kid, Who Has Never Smoked Crack.

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As the world of music progresses at an ever quicker rate, it is easy to forget what matters most. Forget about Katy Perry’s upcoming Super Bowl performance. Forget about the Blink-182 fights (which it’s safe to assume Rozwell Kid is super upset about.) See The Mark, Tom & Travis & Dylan & Jordan Show.

Instead, however, remember the face-melting. The other-wordly shredding. The gut-busting vocals that dreams are made of. Remember Rozwell Kid. Within a year of the release of their third full-length, Too Shabby, Rozwell Kid is set to embark on their second full U.S. tour alongside You Blew It and label-mates Tiny Moving Parts.

We spoke with Jordan Hudkins, the Rozwell Man himself, as the band traversed this great nation en route to San Antonio, before making their way up to The Mohawk tomorrow night, January 30.

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Rozwell Kid clockwise from top left: Devin, Sean, Adam, Jordan


Do512: Going back to the beginning, the first album, Rozwell Kid LP, was just you and Adam, correct?

Hudkins: Yeah, the first record I played pretty much everything on. Adam was hanging out with me when I was recording it, and I was like dude you should do some sweet licks here, and do this rhythm part. So yeah, he played guitar on every song, and did most of the leads on that record. I did the drums, bass, rhythm, vocals.

Do512: That was 2011, so you were both in your other band, The Demon Beat, at the time?

Hudkins: Yeah, yeah, that was our main focus. We would go out, whenever we could. Most weekends we were out doing like a 3-day run in the region, trying to get as far as we could before we had to be back at work on Monday, that sort of thing.

Do512: The last release, Less is Less, was in 2012. Are you guys still together?

Hudkins: No. We sort of disbanded. Adam wanted to move to Nashville. Try to make some money playing guitar, finally. Ha. Cool city, he knew some cool people down there. After he made the move down to Nashville, we sort of decided, well let’s try some other stuff. And I wanted to focus on Rozwell Kid and write, record more, and play some shows. It was cool, it was a mutual thing. Wasn’t a bad break up or anything like that. Just ready to do something different, cause we’d been doing that for so long.

Do512: Where would say you’re located now? Are you based in Nashville?

Hudkins: No. Adam is the only one that lives in Nashville. Sean, and Devin, and I we’re basically based out of West Virginia. Sean actually lives in P.A., just across the border.

Do512: The 2nd album, Unmacho, was recorded in Pittsburgh. Was there any reason you went out there?

Hudkins: Yeah, it’s our friend Dave Klug. He has a full studio in his house and he does recordings. He’s the guy who mixed and mastered the first record. Just decided to go track and do the whole thing at his house for the 2nd record.

Do512: So you worked with Dave Klug on the first two records, when did Justin Francis come into play?

Hudkins: Justin is one of the cool guys I was mentioning when I said Adam knew people in Nashville. Met Justin when we were in The Demon Beat, through some mututal friends in Pittsburgh, cause Justin’s actually from Pittsburgh. Originally went to recording school, and then settled down in Nashville, got a job at a good studio. So we knew him, we’d see him on Demon Beat trips and were friendly with him and stuff. And then when it came time to record a Rozwell Kid record, he threw his hat in the ring, and was like we could totally do it down here and it’d be awesome. So we did it, we took him up on it.

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FTMOA: Five Questions with The Black Cadillacs

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Founded in Memphis and currently plying their trade out of Knoxville, Tennessee, The Black Cadillacs’ brand of southern tinged rock n’ roll comes to life in their energetic live performances. The band has built quite a name for themselves since their inception in 2008, with two full-length albums under their belt, performances at Bonnaroo and Hangout Fest, and their first European tour last year.

Now, with Red Bull Sound Select’s substantial support and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer at the helm, The Black Cadillacs are set to release a brand new EP next month.

The band will stop by Stubb’s this Saturday for a sure-to-be riveting performance. I caught up with them briefly in advance of the show to discuss pressing issues like Texas BBQ and the legend that is Superdrag.

Where was the new EP recorded and how did you connect with Ken Coomer? Are you guys fans of his prior bands, Uncle Tupelo and Wilco?

We recorded the new EP in Nashville with Producer Ken Coomer. We did the basic tracking at 16 Ton and the remainder of the work at Ken’s studio. While we are certainly fans of both Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, it was Ken’s personality and his views on the direction of our new music that led us to work with him. We have met with several people with impressive resumes, but we felt that Ken immediately understood what we were trying to accomplish.

How has the relationship with Red Bull Sound Select helped your career?

We got started with Red Bull Sound Select in the spring of 2013. We won a contest in Nashville to get to play at SXSW in Austin that year and the relationship has grown since then. On several occasions, our association with Sound Select has opened doors to opportunities we would not have had access to otherwise. Whether it’s festival appearances, shows in LA, or getting in the studio with Ken, the folks at Sound Select have been very open and creative in finding ways to help move our career forward.

Your music has been utilized quite a bit on TV, video games, even UFC – are those things essential in today’s day and age for a band to get their music to a larger audience?

Technology changes and shifting trends in taste will always present challenges to recording artists. But that’s the nature of the business, and we’ll try to find any way we can to keep moving forward and creating our music. We’ve been fortunate to have several licensing opportunities early in our career that absolutely help increase exposure and obviously revenue. In a business where the majority of the operating costs fall on the musicians, we’ve found licensing to be a valuable, if not necessary, part of our career.

How does the BBQ in Austin compare with the BBQ in Tennessee?

We love BBQ. Two of our members grew up in Memphis, and we spend a good bit of time there, so BBQ is a frequent meal for the band. As for how it compares, we tend to get more pork in TN, while brisket seems to be the specialty in Austin. No complaints here. We’ve had Stubb’s brisket and it’s excellent. But there’s no beating dry rub ribs from Central BBQ in Memphis.

Finally, one of my favorite bands, Superdrag hails from Knoxville – did you guys listen to them? What other bands from Knoxville would you recommend?

Superdrag still has quite a bit of cred in the Knoxville scene. And deservedly so. The Everybodyfields were a great band a few years ahead of us out of Knoxville. As for current bands, Royal Bangs definitely stands out as one of the best, but there are probably ten Knoxville bands we could name who are making music their careers. If you’re ever in the area, head to Preservation Pub and you’ll probably meet several of them.

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The Black Cadillacs play Stubb’s (Inside) this Saturday. For more info, check Do512.

Do512’s Restaurant Of The Week – Strange Brew

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Great music venue with unreal acoustics? CHECK.  Chill vibes in an unpretentious atmosphere? CHECK. A no-fuss hangout space? CHECK. Well-made and diverse coffee selection? CHECK. Freshly made, local food selection? CHECK. Uniquely Austin? 100% CHECK.

Strange Brew Café and Lounge checks all the boxes for what Austinites look for in a coffee shop. We found it to be simplicity at its finest; a space that’s everything you would expect from a neighborhood coffee shop, and more. This is a perfect local retreat in South Austin, and should be a destination for the rest of us. As the smooth and funky tunes from Will Knack and the Dumpster Ducks hummed in the background, we sat down and met with founder Scott Ward, and got the low down on this groovy café and music venue. We are stoked to showcase this cool joint and name Strange Brew Café and Lounge Do512’s Restaurant of the Week!

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Open for over 4 years, Strange Brew rises above the typical coffee shop offerings, becoming its own unique South Austin gathering spot. This is Scott’s place, through and through.  The building that houses the shop is super distinctive and funky, having evolved over the years.  What was once an old auto insurance office in just 2009, has been transformed into one of the more unique venues in Austin with its high arching ceilings providing great acoustics. What started as just an idea to sell coffee out of the back of Scott’s office and an innocuous Facebook group entitled “Help Scott Start a Coffee Shop”, Strange Brew has engrossed the surrounding businesses, consuming much of the former shopping center it’s located in. With a background in construction, Scott has built much of the place by hand, from the framing to the tile, the lights to the countertops. Art from local artists adorn the walls throughout the study. This place embodies the DIY Austin spirit we’ve come to love about this city.

The lounge was launched a little more than a year after opening and was the natural evolution Scott was looking for. In that short time, Strange Brew Lounge Side had garnered a reputation for having some of the best acoustics in the city and a true listening room for music lovers in Austin garnering 5 SXSW Austin Music Awards.

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We highly recommend checking out their rad 10pm shows on Mondays for Funk, Tuesday for Jazz and a killer Open Mic on Sundays. If that’s not incentive enough, they offer an awesome late-night happy hour in the lounge from 10pm-midnight Sunday through Wednesday. 25% off EVERYTHING including food, beer, coffee and wine.  Most of the beers are from Texas, (we can’t speak highly enough of the Guadalupe Scotch Ale), but also feature some of Scott’s favorites, namely Thirsty Planet’s Thirsty Goat Amber. Lounge Side will be a great spot to check out during SXSW if you need to catch some air from the masses downtown. They’ll be featuring acts from Noon-Midnight daily during the two weeks of SX. Or, swing by before the madness and check out the jazz big band Glenn Miller Orchestra rock the house in February.

The live music is pumped through their state of the art speaker system, out to their back patio, out front of the lounge, and finally into the café. This provides great vibes throughout the entire joint, especially in the café. And that’s where the food comes into play.

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Their café menu reads like a Who’s Who of the local food scene. We loved it. Hot Mama’s, Quacks 43rd Street Bakery, Upper Crust, Rockstar Bagels, a loose leaf organic tea selection from Zhi Tea, fair trade espresso and coffee from Third Coast Coffee; they all contribute great Austin products to the Strange Brew menu.  They go perfectly with frozen drinks like the ‘Matcha Green Tea’ or the ‘Peanut Butter Mocha’ which we found to be the perfect way to kickstart a day, combining your morning coffee and a peanut butter smoothie. We also got to try the classic namesake Strange Brew, also available in a mocha version. Both a slightly sweet, but not too sweet, drink option. For vegans in the city, Strange Brew boasts a large selection of milk alternatives including coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, and hemp milk as well as soy and almond milks.

To eat, a ‘Bacon, Egg and Cheese’ on homemade croissants are available all day making the East Coast transplants swoon, and awesome breakfast tacos on the weekends to satisfy every Austinites lust for the breakfast taco. Their homemade quiche and paninis are not to be missed! Available 24/7, these grilled sandwiches were impressive and incredibly flavorful, especially coming out of their tiny kitchen. The sandwiches are designed by Mike Rypka of Torchy’s fame, and use freshly sliced high-quality Boars Head. We were excited to try a couple of their best sellers, the Monty Strange and the Kookaburra, both on Sourdough from New World Bakery in Kyle with a gluten-free option from Misty Morning Bakery.

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The Monty Strange was a solid rift on a Monty Christo, pairing turkey breast, Swiss cheese and raspberry chipotle. PRO TIP: Order up a Mocha Strange Brew, take a bite of the Monty Strange, if you’ve got a little extra raspberry chipotle on the plate go ahead and lap it up with the sandwich, take another bite. The chocolate married with the subtle spiciness of the raspberry is unreal!

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The Kookabura is a popular panini pairing turkey breast with sharp cheddar cheese and roasted green and red peppers. This one has a little bit more kick, so for those of you who like a little bit of heat on your food, this is a must try. Both of these were simple, savory, and super satisfying. It’s no wonder they are the two best selling sandwiches on the menu!

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Their Sunday morning Gospel brunch is something you’ve got to keep on your radar. Proceeds benefit the Capital Area Food Bank (almost $30,000 total in over 2 years!). And keep an eye out for a 24 hour diner concept by Strange Brew that they are planning on opening next door later in 2015. We can’t wait to check it out!

After our meal we decided to hang at the Side Lounge, listening to the Indie Folk grooves from local band The Coordinates. This coffee shop embodies “cool”. This is THE spot in South Austin to get great coffee, solid grub and discover awesome music in the process. For 24 hours a day, you can come by and get some work done, see a show when you finish, and leave with a growler of cold brew or beer when you’re done. What more can you ask for?!

Follow them on Twitter @StrangeBrewATX and visit Do512 for your chance to win a $30 gift card!

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We Interviewed Yonaton Gat | Playing Hotel Vegas

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Israel native Yonaton Gat first gained acclaim as one-third of the Tel Aviv-based punk band Monotonix. The band, who were known for their high-energy live sets and seemingly endless tour schedule (including a jaw-dropping 1000 shows in five years), went on hiatus in 2011.

Yonatan, perhaps the groups most well-known member, hasn’t rested on his laurels. Over the past few years he’s gone on to accumulate heaps of praise from critics as one the more technically accomplished guitarists working today.

“Gat’s Jimi-Hendrix-meets-Godzilla guitar tone is the instrument by which the band brings the arena-rock experience within your immediate reach and, because of the energy level relative to the scale, makes it more explosive and cathartic than anything you could ever see on a bigger stage” – NY Press

His live shows today are no less explosive than his days with Monotonix, and his guitar playing is still boundlessly inventive. In light of his upcoming show at Hotel Vegas this weekend, we asked Yonatan some questions about the role of improvisation in his music, the effect of his surroundings on his output, and more.

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Do512: How many drugs are you guys on when you perform?

Yonatan: We don’t jam, we improvise.

Do512: Are there any plans to reform Monotonix, or is that project essentially kaput?

Yonatan: No plans for now. We are working on a book of photographs from our shows and have some new music we recorded after we stopped touring, but we’re not expecting to play any shows any time soon.

Do512: Considering how batshit crazy your shows tend to get, what separates a good live show from a great live show?

Yonatan: In a great show you forget about yourself, it’s like you don’t exist – It’s over before it began, like you had no part in it to begin with. Which could be true. I like it when things leave my hands like that.

Do512: When playing a live set, how much are you incorporating improvisation?

Yonatan: Improvisation is a big part of our show, in a way it’s the essence. We keep ourselves amused by leaving a lot open – different stuff every time. We feel like we are picking up a vibe from the audience and working from there. It makes the shows very special for us. It’s a really high level of communication with the audience, playing with them and not for them.

Do512: What is your favorite thing about Igor Domingues’ drumming?

Yonatan: Igor played on Iberian Passage. He is very heavy. He is a rhythm player and a minimalist, which leaves me a lot of space, and he’s the kind of drummer that everyone in the room has to dance, you have no choice. Gal, who plays on “Director”, is something else. He’s a maximalist – very fast, very technical, but also soulful and musical. Very sensitive. When I play with him it’s much more of a dialogue, we alternate as the lead instrument.

Do512: Stylistically, Iberian Passage goes in a lot of places. Is that a conscious resistance to sticking to one genre?

Yonatan: When I made the record I was living in Portugal and really into fado music, which is the traditional Portuguese folk – very emotional songs about love and loss, the metaphor of the sailor at sea is really strong in these songs. Portuguese music is also influenced by African ex-colonies and styles like semba and kuduro, which is almost an African version of Jamaican dancehall. This combination of styles reminded me of the where I came from in Israel, but it was richer, a little bit like I hope Israel will one day become.

Do512: How else did recording the album in Portugal influence the sound?

Yonatan: The studio was Portuguese, everyone I was working with on that record were Portuguese, we were eating bifana sandwiches and bachalau every day, hanging out in bars in Porto. I also played a Portuguese fado guitar on it – the album definitely has some Portuguese flavor to it. I was very lucky to get to work on my the first album there. People called it “world music”, but what the term means really is “music that is not Western”. It’s all record-company bullshit. Even when we record in Portugal, we’re not making “ethnic” music, we try to play rock ‘n’ roll that tries to be as limitless as possible in its influences, absorbs anything it can.

Do512: How would you compare your forthcoming album, Director, to Iberian Passage?

Yonatan: The story we are telling is a little different on Director, and there are even more styles fusing into one another and a lot of unpredictable turns. But more than anything the band is different. Sergio Sayeg, who is an amazing Brazilian bass player, gives the band a great groove, while Gal Lazer, who plays drums, is bringing some heavy free jazz influence to our punk songs. It’s a longer album, it unfolds more slowly, it sounds bigger, and it’s a bit more versatile and cinematic.

 

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You can catch Yonatan Gat performing live with his band in Austin at Hotel Vegas on Saturday, January 31. For more info and tickets, check Do512.

 

What’s in Store for X Games Austin 2015 | June 4-7

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Listen up you beautiful people, the X Games will be rolling back into Austin again this summer, bringing new events, more Austin-born artists, Nicki Minaj, and more to Circuit of the Americas!

X Games Austin 2015 will take place June 4-7 and kick off with Moto X Step Up in front of the capitol building in downtown Austin. As if that wasn’t badass enough, there will be an all-out festival at COTA for three days and nights with great live music, food and drinks, and side-line entertainment for any attendee.

X Games 2015 will have a few new tricks with the debut of Moto X Quarterpipe, and BMX Big Air Doubles. Moto X Quarterpipe will have six riders compete and show off their best freestyle trick; the Big Air Doubles will combine Skateboard and BMX in a team competition. The new contest will run along side the classic events, including:

  • Skateboard – Big Air, Park, Street, and Vert
  • BMX – Big Air, Dirt, Park, and Vert
  • Moto X – Best Whip, Eudro X, Speed and Style, and Step Up
  • Rally and Off-Road Truck

The kick off event, Moto X Step Up, will take place in the heart of Austin on Congress Avenue, Thursday, June 4. The events for the rest of the competition will be held at last year’s location of the X Games in Austin, the Circuit of the Americas.

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A feature coming to the X Games that I think we’re all stoked about is the bigger acts for the music selection. The Super Stage will host bigger artists likes Nicki Minaj, Talib Kweli, Pennywise, and Deltron 3030.

The Sound Factory Stage, powered by KUTX, will have Austin representing it’s local music scene well with bands likes Bright Light Social Hour, Ume, A. Sinclair, Zeale and Walker Lukens; More artists will be announced as the X Games gets closer, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well wouldn’t be Do512 without a ticket giveaway for this awesome event, and to make it even better, we’re giving away tickets for each day of the event; that means you have a higher chance of winning if you enter each giveaway! Go to the X Games for FREE by entering the ticket giveaways here!

Austin definitely knows how to party as X Games Austin 2014 was the largest crowd to ever attend the X Games in it’s history. This year’s new competitions, bigger stages, and music schedule will be another great kickoff to Austin’s action-packed summer. As always, more headliners and music performers will be announced soon, so stay updated via XGames.com and follow the action on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.